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[News] Linux Boots Even Faster, Microsoft Several Years Behind

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Reboot like a racecar with kexec

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| Kexec was originally intended for use by kernel and system developers who had 
| to reboot several times a day. Soon, system administrators for 
| high-availability servers found use for it as well. As systems get more and 
| more advanced, and boot times get longer, end users can now benefit from it.   


Microsoft "Innovates" Again - By Copying GNU/Linux

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| Good to see that Microsoft is trying hard to keep up with free software...



MontaVista Linux drives Dell's quick-boot feature

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| CEO Rusty Harris revealed MontaVista's role developing the quick-booting,
| ARM-based processor subsystem expected to ship this year in select Dell
| laptop models. The "Latitude ON" feature aims to give enterprise laptop users
| instant boot-up and access to select applications, with multi-day battery
| lifetimes.
| The Latitude ON feature is expected to arrive "in the coming months" on the
| Latitude E4200 (pictured above) and E4300, the two lightest-weight models of
| the five re-engineered Dell Latitudes announced by the company in August.
| Latitude ON uses "a dedicated low-voltage sub-processor and OS that can
| enable multi-day battery life" for the Windows Vista notebooks, Dell said.
| Dell also said the technology will provide access to the web, email,
| attachments, calendar, and contacts "in seconds."


Inside Dell's 'BlackTop' laptop Linux OS

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| Dell’s new laptops sideline Windows with a fast-boot Linux OS and ARM
| processor to check email, browse the Web and even sync with Exchange.


The Next Linux You Use Could Be Virtual

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| Major players in the laptop computer market go virtual with Linux. HP,
| Lenovo, and now Dell offer laptops that have a Linux Mode.


Dell introduces ten new laptops

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| On is a flash-based barebones Linux install that gets you up and running, on
| the Net, and with much of what you need to run the computer in instantly.
| Dell went to great pains to avoid saying the L-word though, it might anger
| the very touchy gods atop mount Redmond.


Are “instant on” notebooks the future?

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| If I think about my normal notebook usage patterns, I’m pretty sure I could
| spend a good 80 - 90% of my time in the instant on environment and only boot
| into Windows when I needed to do something specifically Windows-centric. In
| fact, given a properly set up Linux distro as the main OS (which should be a
| snap to set up since these systems would/should already be Linux-compatible
| because they are running the Linux-based instant on OS ) which would allow me
| to handle Microsoft Office docs, and a VPN, I could do away with having
| Windows on the system altogether and simply connect to a secondary
| Windows-based PC when I wanted that functionality (when on the road I rarely,
| if ever, need to run anything heavy such as Photoshop).


Dell’s comeback machine

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| There are some surprises beneath the surface of the Latitude line as well.
| One is an optional Linux-based low-power mode called Dell Latitude On, which
| boots in two seconds. It offers more than a day’s worth of battery life for
| basic tasks like web surfing, Exchange e-mail, and viewing e-mail
| attachments, and runs on an ARM-based (ARMH) chip rather than the main Intel
| processor. (HP and Lenovo laptops offer similar Linux modes, but with fewer
| capabilities.)

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